First Baptist Church - Madison

Year Completed: 2019
Project Size: 9,400 SF New Construction + 7,300 Sqft Renovations

First Baptist Church Madison has been a staple of Historic Downtown Madison, AL for many decades. The church was in need of a larger fellowship space to host church-wide Wednesday night dinners as well as a place for the contemporary worship service on Sunday mornings. Chapman Sisson Architects was enlisted to study the viability of the space and where to place it on a landlocked campus.

The new Fellowship Hall Addition satisfies both needs while also becoming the new entrance of the church. Guests and family are welcomed to a double height lobby through a symbolic and subtle cross, framed by the window mullions and glass. Tall windows lining the hallway provide natural northern light while leading people to the sanctuary. The outline of the double height lobby continues into the fellowship hall, creating a central focus on the fellowship hall platform.

Along with the new Fellowship Addition, the church had several renovations done to their existing campus. The Children’s Wing received a complete makeover with new flooring and finishes while the existing fellowship hall was converted into seven additional Adult Classrooms.